Posted: 2/16/23

Globalization, Manufacturing Supply Chains Discussed at IBC Bank & Commerce Bank Keynote Speaker Series


Dr. Shannon K. O'Neil  

An exploration of globalization and what the conversation of major manufacturing and supply chains mean to the United States and its neighbors is the focus of the next Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) IBC Bank and Commerce Bank 2022-2023 Keynote Speaker Series.

The lecture is Wednesday, March 8 in the Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.  In addition to the in-person lecture, a livestream of the event is available via Webex. Participants can visit https://go.tamiu.edu/oneil to register.

Dr. Shannon K. O'Neil, Vice President of Studies and Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will present her lecture, "The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter."

The lecture is made possible through the TAMIU A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business and the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade as part of a series sponsored by IBC Bank and Commerce Bank.

Dr. O'Neil will lecture on how conventional wisdom about globalization is wrong. While over the past 40 years companies, money, and people have moved abroad -- they haven't gone just anywhere. More often than not, they stayed closer to home and went regional.

As these trends unfolded, some parts of the world integrated more than others and led to the rise of three major manufacturing and supply chain hubs in Europe, Asia, and to a lesser degree, North America.

Dr. O'Neil will discuss how regional integration has often given Asia and Europe an economic edge over North America and how it could do the same for the United States, if only it would embrace its neighbors.

O'Neil is an expert on Latin America, global trade, U.S.-México relations, corruption, democracy and immigration.

She is the author of "The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter" (Yale University Press, 2022), which chronicles the rise of three main global manufacturing and supply chain hubs and what they mean for U.S. economic competitiveness. She also wrote "Two Nations Indivisible: México, the United States, and the Road Ahead" (Oxford University Press, 2013), which analyzes the political, economic, and social transformation México has undergone over the last three decades and why they matter for the United States.

She is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and a frequent guest on national broadcast news and radio programs. O'Neil has often testified before Congress and frequently speaks at global academic, business and policy conferences.

O'Neil has lived and worked in México and Argentina. She was a Fulbright scholar and a justice, welfare, and economics fellow at Harvard University, and has taught Latin American politics at Columbia University. Before turning to policy, O'Neil worked in the private sector as an equity analyst at Indosuez Capital and Credit Lyonnais Securities.

She holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, an M.A. in international relations from Yale University and a B.A. from Yale University. She is a member of the board of directors of the Tinker Foundation.

For more information, contact Amy Palacios, associate director of the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, at 956.326.2820 or amy@tamiu.edu or visit offices in Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 221.

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